Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

Blue Sky Funders Forum: 2021 Virtual Convening

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 12:00pm to Friday, June 4, 2021 - 4:00pm EDT
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Presented by the Blue Sky Funders Forum

A Just Future for People and Nature

Join us on June 3-4, 2021 from 12-4 pm ET for the Blue Sky Funders Forum Virtual Convening. Together, we will connect, co-create and collaborate to support thriving communities by advancing equitable opportunities for meaningful outdoor experiences and connections to nature.

The Blue Sky Funders Forum 2021 Convening is open to all staff and board members of grantmaking organizations and philanthropy-serving organizations, as well as Blue Sky advisors and invited guests.

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The agenda for the two-day convening is designed to enable authentic conversations, connections, and co-creation through informal networking, small group work, and ideation. See our detailed agenda and featured speakers here.



-Stronger connections and trust among funders and practitioners.

-Opportunities to connect informally across interests areas and geographies.


-Alignment on priorities, collaborative actions and commitments to connect people with nature.


-Shared understanding of how funders and nonprofits have pivoted during the pandemic, and what have we learned from it.

-Deepen learning for action on centering racial equity and justice, and policy opportunities.


-Develop ideas for collaborative learning and action to respond to the emerging needs of the movement.


Design Team for the 2021 Convening

Stephanie Maez – Outdoor Foundation
Lynne Seeley – Leonard C. & Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation
Lisa McClure – National Park Foundation
Judy Braus – North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
Juan Martinez – Fresh Tracks / The Aspen Institute
Heather Equinoss and Melissa Darnell – CoCreative Consulting
Anupama Joshi and Berkeley Bryant – Blue Sky Funders Forum

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